Greenbelt Festival 2013

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Friday 23rd to Monday 26th August 2013
Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury, Cheltenham, GL50 4SH, England MAP
early bird £109 for adult weekend tickets
Daily capacity: 22,000
Last updated: Tue 23rd Apr 2013

An all-age inclusive friendly arts festival with its roots in the Christian faith which offers a host of world music, international and home-grown acts from big names to new artists. The dates for the 40th anniversary edition will be the bank holiday weekend from Friday 23rd to Monday 26th August 2013.

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Greenbelt is a place to learn, to experience, to be. As well as music the festival hosts a selection of varied talks, workshop and debates; exploring contemporary issues, faith, social justice, politics ­and more. Greenbelt '13s theme has been announced as 'Life begins'.


Latest additions are Courtney Pine, Thea Gilmore, Blair Dunlop, Eska, Grace Petrie, and The Austin Francis Connection.

The first acts announced were headliners Amadou & Mariam, and Lemar, plus Mama Rosin, the reformed Fat and Frantic, Eliza Carthy, Jim Moray, Moulettes, The Boxettes, Carrie Rodriguez, Fitz, Goan Dogs, Goat Roper Rodeo Band, Jasmine Kennedy, Jess Morgan, Louise Petit, Matt Creer, The Magnus Puto band, Sea + Air, Garth Hewitt, Martyn Joseph, Sam Lee, The London Community Gospel Choir, and The FatBand.

Speakers and spoken word acts include Jim Wallis, Vicky Beeching, Rev Richard Coles, Maurice Glasman, Stella Duffy, James Cary and Symon Hill, Paulo Ueti, Inua Ellams, Rafeef Ziadah, Harry Baker, Mark Oakley, Paul Vallely, Jon McGregor, Sue Pickering, Sami Awad, Jeremy Moodey, Eric Kaufmann, Mark Braverman, Lucy Winkett, Dave Andrews, Fr Christopher Jamison, Rose Hudson Wilkin, John Bell, Margaret Hebblethwaite, American priest and theologian Barbara Brown Taylor, "Unapologetic" author Francis Spufford, writer and broadcaster Bidisha, irrepressible artist Bill Drummond, and award-winning author Jon McGregor.

Comedy from Milton Jones, Barbara Nice, Paul Kerensa, Helen Arney, and festival regulars Folk On.

The programme also features performance from Blunderbus Theatre Company, Lunabug Theatre, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Talking Bird's The Whale, The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company and their Artistic Director Akala.


Greenbelt also has a visual and performing arts programme, as well as exploring a variety of alternative worship styles, and runs a daily Children's Festival, plus literature, classical, film, and youth programmes.

Tipping Point Film Fund, Insight Film Festival, Nicola Green, Sokari Douglas Camp, Photo Flash Swap, The Art School and Life Drawing workshops are part of the visual arts programme.

For young people and students, there's the Big Top show for young people Shedloads, Cake and Debate, an introduction to activism led by The Christian Aid Collective, worship from Serum, sessions from the Student Christian Movement, and a special programme of late night youth films. Plus, an event to mark a UK response to the Kairos call from the Holy Land, and of course Greenbelt's birthday party celebrations.


Ticket prices are currently as follows Adult - £109; Concessions £75; Under 18s Ticket (5-17) £59; family ticket (2 kids/2 adults) £279; single parent tickets (2 kids/1 adult) £164. Infants aged 0-4 years can attend for free but still need a ticket.

To buy tickets, click here.

All weekend tickets cover free camping, so bring a tent or call the Cheltenham Accommodation Information line on 01242 517110 for details of B+Bs and hotels in the area.

More information will be here when available.

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